Following Wednesday's meeting between President Macron and Chancellor Merkel, the message was made clear that Albania has little chance of receiving a unanimous positive response from the European Union Council.       


Despite this, Prime Minister Edi Rama has spent a few more hours lobbying with union leaders to avoid a split between Albania and Northern Macedonia.

During a meeting with the Head of the Albanian government in Brussels, the European Commissioner, Johannes Hahn thinks that this stalemate for Albania is due to the domestic politics of the European Union countries.

“If it doesn’t happen today, this is not a failure by the Albanian government.

“It’s simply a matter of domestic European dynamics and this must be understood by Albanian citizens.

“I encourage the Albanian government to push the reforms, not to please us, but because it’s important for the Albanian people”, Hahn said after holding a meeting with the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama.

On his part, the Prime Minister of Albania once again said that the decision for the opening of accession talks is due to internal issues of the European Union.

“We must continue the reforms, because we need to leave our children a state with democratic institutions and an economy which meets the standards of the European Union”, he said.

After Hahn, the Albanian Prime Minister had a meeting with Federica Mogherini, who is both the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and the Security Policy Vice-President of the European Commission.

Rama also previously met with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk.

On Friday, the European Council will also make a decision on Albania and North Macedonia.